A Leaster Dinner Celebration and Update on Training

Do you hear that?

Silence!

I am actually in the house alone.

ALONE!

The boys are playing tennis with The Husband. I can count on one hand how many times that’s happened since having kids. It’s glorious! Especially after the family-filled weekend we had to celebrate Leaster, aka Late-Easter.

Since I was traveling home from Uganda on actual Easter we picked this weekend to host the family for our traditional spring meal.

Family dinner

On the menu was roasted pork loin with a grape rosemary salsa, roasted potatoes, broccolini, and a fabulous spring salad with fresh berries and my homemade lemon-honey-poppyseed dressing. To drink we had some wine and the The Husband’s now famous homemade whiskey sours.

20170429_141850The Husband and I not only cooked the meal together we shopped and decided on the menu together. It was so much fun!

I still can’t get over his complete 180-turn when it comes to food and cooking. Every since I went back to work it’s like he’s a whole new person in the kitchen. We made fresh squeezed juices for the drinks and salad dressing, he made the salsa from scratch and I was a little too proud of my spring salad with fresh berries and homemade dressing. I even dressed it, which is something I usually avoid since I’m always worried people won’t actually like it.

Funny enough, I didn’t even get any salad at dinner. Everyone scarfed it down!

It was all good though. Nothing makes me happier than to feed people good healthy food.

Dinner was awesome on its own but it also felt like the perfect way to celebrate my first solo training week. I was so friggin’ proud of myself for taking the solo leap and pushing myself in the gym all alone.

Week 1 of Wendler 5/3/1 is complete. I didn’t do everything perfectly but I hit all the main lifts and now have a plan for the rest of the cycle. I even snuck in a few of my own “wods” (workouts of the day) on the days I ended early.  I didn’t think I’d have it in me to push myself without a class but I think I accomplished more on my own.

five3oneI’m loving the Five3One app. This is a screen shot of tomorrow’s back squat lifts. Well, part of it. The app lets you customize the lifts, weights and reps, tracking everything and predicting what your new one reps will be after the cycle is over.

Once you check off that you completed a set, it starts a timer and beeps when you are supposed to do the next one.

You can also keep notes and add in accessory lifts if you decide to do any.

It’s like a little trainer in my pocket!

I would have never been comfortable with something like this when I started lifting but now that I have some experience and know how to correct my form, I’m loving it.

This may sound completely ridiculous, but when I had some muscle soreness after last week’s workouts it was oddly satisfying knowing I was completely responsible for it. I mean, I know I’m always responsible for it but normally I have a coach pushing me and a class to keep up with. Pushing myself all alone was a whole different kind of workout satisfaction and I’m reveling in because I know there was a time I’d never be able to do something like this.

I have definitely come a long way.

On the food front, I’ve been keeping a loose food journal again just to give myself some accountability. I no longer eat in the morning unless I’m hungry, and at work, since I’m solo most days for lunch, I take a walk before I eat.

I’ve gotten in the habit of bringing a fruit or two to snack on in the morning, leftovers for lunch and FitAid, which I have fallen in love with after winning a case at my last CrossFit comp. If I need an energy boost in the afternoon, I’ll sometimes have a FocusAid too. I know, I know. It’s basically soda but I’m not a coffee drinker and hot tea just wasn’t cutting it in the caffeine department. If you are interested in trying FitAid or any of the WhateverAids I have a $20 referral link. If three of you use it I get a free case — and that, my friends, is the extent of my blog work anymore. I just don’t have the patience or the energy anymore.

Okay, the boys are back and it’s pretty much bath time so I’ve got to go. We had a great Sunday that started with Twister…

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Led to golf…

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And ended with shopping and Outback for dinner.

Now it’s time to get these kids in bed so I can veg on the couch and watch Tiny House Hunters with The Husband. It’s our latest obsession. Well, besides food and whiskey sours. 🙂

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